Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco hits 30th home run of the year
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Monday, August 26:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs split a doubleheader with the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
In the first game, the IronPigs dropped a 5-2 decision.
Left-handed starter Tom Cochran (3-8, 5.44 ERA) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.
Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, the offense started to battle back. Second baseman Michael Martinez led off the frame with a home run, his third of the season. Right fielder Leandro Castro followed with a single and scored on catcher Steven Lerud's RBI double. But that's as close as the game would become.
Center fielder Cesar Hernandez, Martinez and Castro all went 2-for-3 in the first game.
The IronPigs posted a come-from-behind 3-2 victory in the second game.
With two outs in the third, Hernandez, shortstop Freddy Galvis and designated hitter Steve Susdorf hit three consecutive singles to give Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead.
Right-handed starter Mike Nesseth pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only a single runner to reach base on a hit. He settled for a no-decision.
Right-handed reliever Justin Friend served up a two-run home run in the sixth to give up the lead.
The IronPigs were able to rally in the last inning. Martinez reached on a leadoff single and scored on left fielder Derrick Mitchell's RBI single to tie the game. Galvis delivered the game-winning, walk-off single with two outs for the win.
Galvis went 3-for-4 in the game.
After the doubleheader, the IronPigs' record stands at 70-67. The series will wrap up Tuesday as right-hander David Buchanan (3-1, 1.71 ERA) takes the bump for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils rallied late to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 7-6, in 10 innings at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
After three innings, the Fightin Phils were in a 6-1 hole thanks to left-handed starter Bobby Bramhall. He gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over three innings.
Bramhall did record an two-out RBI single in the second before leaving the game.
The game remained 6-1 until the seventh when Reading used a two-out rally to score three runs. Second baseman Albert Cartwright was plunked and scored on center fielder Zach Collier's RBI triple. Collier would score on a passed ball. Left fielder Jim Murphy capped off the inning with an RBI single to plate first baseman Maikel Franco, who drew a walk.
Trailing 6-4 in the ninth and down to the last out, a two-run home run from Franco sent the game to extra innings. The blast was Franco's 14th of the season for Reading and his 30th split between Reading and Clearwater.
Right fielder Kelly Dugan didn't waste any time in extras and led off the 10th with a home run to end the game.
Tyler Knigge, Kyle Simon and Hector Neris combined for seven scoreless innings in relief, allowing only two hits an two walks.
Dugan (2-for-5 with a strikeout) and third baseman Troy Hanzawa (2-for-4 with a strikeout) notched multi-hit games.
The win lifted the Fightin Phils to 58-77. The series continues Tuesday as Reading hands the ball to southpaw Mario Hollands (3-2, 4.80 ERA).
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers fell to the Tampa Yankees, 8-5, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The teams combined to give up five leads in the back-and-forth contest.
Right-handed starter Luis Paulino surrendered five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks in four-plus innings of work.
Left fielder Peter Lavin (3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run scored) and designated hitter Chris Serritella (1-for-5 with a two-run home run and a strikeout) powered the Clearwater offense.
Righty Ken Giles (2-2, 6.85) took the loss as he gave up three runs in the top of the ninth.
The loss dropped the Threshers to 65-63. The two-game series concludes Tuesday. Starting pitchers have not been announced.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws (53-77) were idle Monday.
Lakewood begins a three-game road set with the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday. Starting pitchers have not been announced yet.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters routed the State College Spikes, 13-5, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
A seven-run first put the Crosscutters ahead and they never looked back.
Right fielder Dylan Cozens (3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a strikeout), catcher Andrew Knapp (4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored), center fielder Herlis Rodriguez (3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored) and shortstop Malquin Canelo (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) fueled Williamsport's offense.
Despite a big lead, right-handed starter Mitch Gueller couldn't make it through five innings and didn't factor in the decision. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over four innings.
Righty Josh Warner took the win, giving up only a run on four hits and two walks over four innings in relief.
The Crosscutters improved to 31-34. Williamsport will look for a two-game sweep Tuesday as righty Drew Anderson (6-3, 2.17 ERA) makes the start in the finale.